Healthy Parks, Healthy Cities

A healthy city sustains healthy people. For the first time in history, more of the planets' population now live in urban areas. There are growing public health concerns including rising global rates of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, depression, and anxiety.


The World Urban Park Healthy Parks Healthy Cities Committee was formed in January 2017. 

The Objectives of the HPHC Committee are:

1. To represent the role of parks in contributing to healthy cities.

2. To foster and engage an international network related to Healthy Parks and Healthy Cities and to exchange knowledge     and experience within that network

3. To accumulate, develop and spread knowledge relating to the contribution healthy parks makes to healthy cities through conferences, seminars, research, peer reviews, technical visits, working parties, staff exchange etc.

4. To advocate, expand cross-sector engagement, improve equity of access, and effect change at international, regional and local levels the significant social, economic and environmental contribution that parks make to cities´ livability and healthiness, climate change mitigation and sustainability and international renown; and the need to plan for and invest in them.

See their position statement here

 The Committee has met regularly since it’s formation and has produced the following work for the World Urban Park     community:

  • Healthy Parks Healthy Cities Position Statement
  • Healthy Parks Healthy Cities Infographic
  • Healthy Parks Principles
  • Healthy Parks Principles Videos
  • Various conference and congress presentations in person and virtually.

Future Directions

 Practical application of principles for Healthy Parks to share with parks professionals around the world.

Creating liveable, sustainable and healthy communitie

 Review HPHC infographic 

See previous webinars here

 2021 Congress webinar here

  Webinar Principals in practice from design to end use here

Healthy Parks aim to:

• Improve our mental health and wellbeing through connection with nature
• Create a sense of belonging, social gathering places, and improve social connectedness
• Provide opportunities to improve our physical health and wellbeing
• Provide resilient and multi-functional spaces for wide-ranging recreational outcomes
• Provide safe, attractive, universally accessible and inclusive, and inviting green spaces
• Preserve and protect nature and biodiversity, provide green infrastructure, and deliver climate positive outcomes


Kristen Jackson

Clare Johnston

Holly Meese

Ruth Holmes

Mark Bowater

Anne Clearly

Kirstin Zullo

Eugene Minogue

Dr Nor Akmar Abdul Aziz


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